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Defense & Strategic Studies

Defense & Strategic Studies

Defense & Strategic Studies (DSS) is an interdisciplinary major focused on understanding conflict, war, security, and defense by emphasizing a wide array of methodological approaches from the fields of military science, political science, international relations, economics, history, anthropology, and sociology to frame and analyze national and international security issues. Graduates are well-versed in the geographic security areas of interest to the Nation such as Africa, the South China Sea, Eastern Europe, the Arctic, the Middle East, and South America.

DSS in Photos

DSS Cadets visit the Estonian Parliament during their AIAD

Battle of the Blue Hills Staff Ride

The Most Professionally Relevant Major

3rd Most Popular Major at West Point

Pursue Your Passion!

Faculty Development Opportunities

Saratoga and Fort Ticonderoga, NY

DSS Cadets Engage Former SECDEF, Dr. Mark Esper

DSS Supports CST 2022

DSS Awarded Best Interdisciplinary Capstone in 2022

Tons of Summer Internship Opportunities!

Class of 2026 Majors Fair!

Major Matt McClary Briefs the Future of DSS

DSS Lecture Series: Drones and Global OrderGuest Lecturer:

LTC Paul Lushenko, PhD (January 2023)

Citation Help

Chicago Manual of Style Online

War on the Rocks

War on the Rocks is a platform for analysis, commentary, and debate on foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens. It features articles and podcasts, some open access.  It can be accessed on the USMA Library database list.

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